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AEFO reaches tentative deal with province

Union the third of four teachers bargaining units to come to a contract agreements; only OSSTF remains.
AEFO Feb 21
Members of the Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens joined three other teachers' unions on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 on the picket line outside government offices on James Street. (Leith Dunick,

OTTAWA – The Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens has reached a deal with the province.

The French-language teachers are the third of four unions to come to a tentative contract agreement after months of contentious labour action that saw them walk off the job in protest.

Their deal expired on Aug. 31, 2019.

Union members must still ratify the contract, a vote that’s expected to be announced shortly.

“Above all, AEFO wishes to thank its 12,000 members (teachers and occasional teachers),” said AEFO president Remi Sabourin.

“Their encouragements and solidarity supported our efforts throughout a particularly laborious round of negotiations. We also thank parents and those who joined the fight to safeguard the success of Franco-Ontarian students and the excellence of the education system in Ontario.”

Schools across Ontario have been closed since the March Break, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Only the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation has yet to reach a deal, the province earlier agreeing to tentative contracts with the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association and the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario.

Leith Dunick

About the Author: Leith Dunick

A proud Nova Scotian who has called Thunder Bay home since 2002, Leith is Dougall Media's director of news, but still likes to tell your stories too. Wants his Expos back and to see Neil Young at least one more time. Twitter: @LeithDunick
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